JOIN US ON AUGUST 10 FOR AVENIDA'S FIRST WINE DINNER

Chefs Kim and Edgar Alvarez are excited to host the first wine dinner at Avenida Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10.

Chef Edgar will be preparing four special dishes, which will be paired with four different wines – two from Spain, one from Argentina, and one from Chile.

This delicious menu will include:

Ceviche Trio featuring crab, tuna and snapper
Vevi Rueda 2009 Rueda, Spain

Pan Seared Duck Breast, sweet potato pastelito, guajillo sauce
Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2005 Rioja, Spain

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, stuffed squash blossom, red mole glaze
Valle Azul Malbec 2008 Patagonia, Argentina

Goat Cheese Cheesecake, dulce de leche, passion fruit
Aresti Late Harvest Gewurtztraminer 2007 Curico Valley, Chile

Dinner is only $50.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
Make your reservation today: 267.385.6857

STOP BY TONIGHT FOR DINNER! We're thrilled to have tickled the taste buds of reviewers at Philadelphia Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer! We invite you to come in and try one of our award-winning dishes. And don't forget to order one of Avenida's margaritas – only $5 each on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. We'll look forward to seeing you soon!

AVENIDA RESTAURANT: 7402 Germantown Ave., Mount Airy

AVENIDA WINS BEST OF PHILLY 2010 AWARD

We are thrilled to announce that this week Avenida Restaurant was awarded the 2010 Best Kids Menu by Philadelphia Magazine.

At Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly 2010" celebration last week, we rubbed elbows with Philadelphia dignitaries including Mayor Michael Nutter (pictured with us below) and the other Best of Philly winners. It was a blast!

Click here to see the dishes that kids all over Philadelphia have been raving about.

PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE GAVE US ANOTHER SHOUT OUT IN FEBRUARY

In Philadelphia Magazine's Where We're Eating column, reviewers wrote:

"Husband-and-wife chefs Edgar and Kim Alvarez have turned the historic Cresheim Cottage into a modern, friendly Latin American eatery. It's the kind of place where a woman at the table next to you leans over and gushes, "Ohhh, is that the calamari? It looks delicious."

Click here to read what else Philadelphia Magazine said about dinner at Avenida.

Avenida gets rave reviews from Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Critic Craig LaBan

IN THE NEWS: "Mount Airy's Avenida thrives despite Delaware Market House's departure."

Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Critic Craig LaBan rated Avenida "interesting, with above-average food" when he reviewed the Latin American restaurant in the Inquirer's FOOD section last Sunday, July 25.

"Based on two lovely recent meals in the vibrant new incarnation of the old Cresheim Cottage, during which the now colorful dining rooms and leafy back patio bustled with crowds sipping tropical cocktails and nibbling fragrant moles and pork pibil, I'd say Avenida is on the right track," he wrote.

"With entrées ranging reasonably from $15 to $20, this husband-and-wife chef team has clearly learned its recession lesson on affordability."

LaBan also talked about the voyage Chefs Kim and Edgar Alvarez have taken recently – from being owners of The Delaware Market House until 2008, to opening Avenida in December 2009. "This is the restaurant we have dreamed of owning," the chefs said.

LaBan explained: "When the economy came crashing down in 2009, it brought Kim and Edgar Alvarez's crab cakes with them – at least for a moment. Those cakes were among the signature items at the couple's former prepared foods store, the Delaware Market House in Gladwyne."

"That sorry moment for Gladwyne take-out addicts, perhaps, but has turned into a boon for Mount Airy, where the resilient Alvarezes have resurfaced with Avenida, a Latin-inspired neighborhood restaurant well-cast for a neighborhood that can use all the good flavors it can muster."

Read the entire Philadelphia Inquirer review here.

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